Competes with: Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra Sport, Mazda3
Looks like: The redesigned-for-2016 Civic in its new designer gym outfit
Drivetrain: 1.5-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission
Hits dealerships: May
Following the Civic’s 2016 redesign, Honda continues to expand on the stalwart sedan-and-coupe lineup with the reintroduction of the sporty Si model for the 2017 model year. Honda revealed the Si today ahead of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, where the performance-oriented coupe and sedan variants will debut in May.
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The announcement and accompanying YouTube video represent not only the return of the Si after skipping the 2016 model year, but also the last stop on the road to the release of the performance range-topping Type R hot hatch, which is also set for a Big Apple bow. Honda calls the new Si — turbocharged for the first time ever — its “most agile, best-handling Si yet,” designed for the “everyday enthusiast.”
It’s expected to hit dealerships sometime next month at a starting price in the mid-$20,000 range, like its predecessor. We’ll be on the auto show floor in New York bringing you from-the-scene coverage, but here’s what we know so far.